Art and Education Series

Past Events

In this web series we present artist educators who actively use art as a tool to build community and create positive social and ecological change.

No. 1: "Art as a Healing Force"

A presentation by Andrée Singer Thompson

Aug. 23, 2021

WEAD is delighted to have Andrée Singer Thompson, Bay Area sculptor, beloved mentor, activist, educator, founder of Laney College Eco Art Matters class, present about the healing power of art. This is a special opportunity to hear about Andrée’s lifetime of creativity, love, and service—in her own words and images.

No. 2: "Art is for all of us"

A presentation by Carol Newborg

Sept. 20, 2021

 “Access to the arts is a vital part of survival, growth, and change for men and women in prison. Learning, focusing, collaborating and problem solving in the arts translate to skills that are used in other aspects of life, and the shared expression of universal human experience creates bridges between diverse groups. I've worked in prison art studios with California's Arts in Corrections Program for over 35 years, and the wonders of human potential for growth and transformation continually inspire me. I also organize exhibits 'over the walls' so that others can share the art and the beauty and potential of human change. We have so much to learn from people with the traumatic backgrounds of many of the incarcerated and their healing work, which can help intervene in the generational cycle of trauma. Art helps incarcerated people connect to families, to our communities, to help heal harm, and to give back to others.” -Carol Newborg

No. 3: "Rewilding Our Muses: Shifting Our Imagined Future through Diverse Creative Practices"

A presentation by Beverly Naidus

Dec. 5, 2021

Beverly Naidus will discuss how her own creative practices, workshop facilitation, and daily life has shifted during the Pandemic to include neighbors and collaborative community art projects while offering online art workshops to process the challenges of this time and reimagine our future. She and her partner, Bob Spivey, co-direct the non-profit organization, SEEDS (Social Ecology Education and Demonstration School) that has run online discussions for socially engaged artists to adapt their work to the changing conditions of this time while facilitating the Tacoma Story Hive project which hopes to seed other projects of its kind.